Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Pest and Disease Management Tips

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Pest and Disease Management Tips

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MORE than 50 Coffs Harbour district blueberry growers turned out to a recent talk from two of the stateas leading plant pathologists about managing crop diseases a aimed at reducing spray use and improving water quality in and around the Hearnes Lake catchment.

Dr Len Tesoriero and Rose Daniel from NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) headlined the workshop on disease management in blueberries, with talks also given by Coffs Harbour City Council and DPI Fisheries about how on-farm activities can affect the surrounding catchment.

The event was another initiative for growers near Woolgoolga who are working with DPI and Coffs City Council to improve land management and water quality in the Hearnes Lake catchment.

aDiseases like blueberry rust can pose a major disease risk to crops on the North Coast a and have in the past caused losses amounting to more than $10 million damage in one year,a DPI horticulturist Phillip Wilk said.

DPI, Coffs Harbour City Council and local blueberry growers, with funding from the Office of Environment and Heritageas Estuaries Management Grants, are tackling high priority actions for the Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan. …

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